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How long will it take the Dems to abandon "no drilling"?
Posted by: McQ on Friday, June 20, 2008

Another indicator of the impact of gas prices:
Americans drove around 4.5 billion fewer miles in April compared with the same month last year, marking the lowest mileage clocked on US roads for the month since 2003, a report showed Thursday.

The Federal Highway Administration (FHA) said in its monthly report that the number of vehicle miles driven in the United States fell by 1.8 percent, to 245.9 billion, based on preliminary data from the state highway authorities across the United States.

The number of miles traveled in April 2003 was 239.7 billion, FHA data show.
1.8 percent doesn't seem like a very big number, but when expressed in miles, 4.5 billion is a significant chunk of miles. It's about 15 miles less for every man, woman and child in the US.

It means that people are starting to take steps to lessen their consumption of fuel. Things like consolidating trips for various errands. Or carpooling with other moms to get the kids to activities. Maybe a vacation a bit closer to home, etc.

When something has this broad an impact, people pay attention. And, being an election year, its a perfect time for the politcians to seize the moment. Thus the politics of drilling as discussed below.

I'm taking bets about how long it takes the Democrats to abandon their "no drilling" stand and begin waffling as they see the polls that overwhelmingly disagree with that political position.
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I’ll lay my bets that they don’t.

In fact, I’ll wager that they double down on the Al Gore-ism here. Climate change is the dominant religion of that party.

Sen. Lightworker and Co. have too much invested in demonizing "big oil" (and Bush and Cheney by extension) to ever consider abandoning it
Written By: shark
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I have to hand it to the Dems. No matter how stupid and self-defeating and harmful to the nation that their stand is, they stick by it, to the detriment of the American people.

With that in mind, when the polls go against them, perhaps they will tinker at the edges with this issue. But they will never abandon their pig-headed stand, because that would tick off the Marxist, Hate Capitalism, Environmental Whacko portion of their party, which is about 40% of Dems.

That being said, where are Republicans nationwide running commercials on this issue? Want a good one? How about this:


[Ad opens with message on screen: October 2006. Gas is $2.60 a gallon nationwide. Nancy Pelosi, Majority Leader, speaks on gas prices.]

"If you elect the Democrats to a majority in the House, we will cut gas prices."

[Fade to black. New message on screen: June 2008. Democrats in control of US House for nearly two years. Gas is now $4.20 a gallon. Show Democrats who say "no" to drilling and yes to higher taxes on oil companies.]

A voice speaks: Democrats promised lower gas prices if they won the House. Two years later, gas has almost doubled. If you like what the Democrats have done, vote them in for another two years. If you want higher taxes, no more drilling, and gas at $5.50 a gallon, make Nancy Pelosi the Speaker of the House for another term. Otherwise, ask yourself: "What have the Democrats done for me and my family?" The answer? NOTHING. Vote Republican, and send a message to the Democrats: Stop pandering to special interests and start working for the American people, or else stand aside and let someone else do it. This ad was paid for by the Republican National Committee, and is not connected with any candidate or campaign.


Where are the Republicans to air something like this? If they did, the Dems would be swept out of power and McCain would defeat Obama by 10 points.

I am thinking of calling the RNC on this. Something needs to be done, or we will be stuck in 2009 with President Obama and House Speaker Pelosi raising taxes on everyone including the dead, and $6.00 gas at the same time.
Written By: James Marsden
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Kirsten Powers basically stated the Democrats position on Hannity yesterday. It’s not the job of the government to lower gas prices.

Good luck running on that principle.
Written By: Keith_Indy
but it is the job of the Senate to worry about steroids and whether or not the Patriots ’spyed’ on other teams in the NFL/AFL
Written By: looker
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I’m thinking the Democrats are waiting until they have a Dem President. That way, they can take the credit for doing something about expanding our oil supply.

But they can’t do that with a Republican in office.
Written By: Steverino
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They can flip any time the polls tell them to. They’ll just point out how "rising prices dictate policy changes, and besides, the Republicans flipped on this issue, so you can’t ding us for doing the same."

The media will eat it up.

And that’s the payback the idiot Republicans get for not doing the right thing in the first place, and instead caving to loud-mouthed environmentalists.
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